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Mass Readings for Saturday, 01/29/2005: "Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen."

Friday, January 28, 2005


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Here are the Sacred Scripture readings for Holy Mass for Saturday, January 29th, 2005. Please take a moment to meditate on this day's readings and unite yourself in prayer with the Church throughout the world. Please remember the Holy Father and his intentions in your prayers today and always. Today, pray for an increase of faith in our lives and those we know and especially in the lives of those who are far from God. Pray for our own continual conversion and the conversion of many more souls so that we may all praise Him in time and eternity. Please remember in your prayers everday the souls that will face God due to their deaths..through the tender mercy of God may their souls rest in peace and rejoyce in heaven forever and may their familys recieve comfort and solace through God's Mercy and Grace..Hold them all Lord in your loving arms!! Please continue to pray for my daughter and I and those in our lives (thanks!!!). Please read my last posting on the Examination of Conscience and the Sacrament of Penance and Reconcilliation. May Christ richly bless you and those in your life and may Our Lady keep you all beneath her protective mantle of love and grace!!
Omnia Pro Jesu Per Mariam!!
Ed

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Saturday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time

Reading I
Heb 11:1-2, 8-19


Brothers and sisters:
Faith is the realization of what is hoped for
and evidence of things not seen.
Because of it the ancients were well attested.

By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place
that he was to receive as an inheritance;
he went out, not knowing where he was to go.
By faith he sojourned in the promised land as in a foreign country,
dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs of the same promise;
for he was looking forward to the city with foundations,
whose architect and maker is God.
By faith he received power to generate,
even though he was past the normal age
"and Sarah herself was sterile"
for he thought that the one who had made the promise was trustworthy.
So it was that there came forth from one man,
himself as good as dead,
descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky
and as countless as the sands on the seashore.

All these died in faith.
They did not receive what had been promised
but saw it and greeted it from afar
and acknowledged themselves to be strangers and aliens on earth,
for those who speak thus show that they are seeking a homeland.
If they had been thinking of the land from which they had come,
they would have had opportunity to return.
But now they desire a better homeland, a heavenly one.
Therefore, God is not ashamed to be called their God,
for he has prepared a city for them.

By faith Abraham, when put to the test, offered up Isaac,
and he who had received the promises was ready to offer his only son,
of whom it was said,
Through Isaac descendants shall bear your name.
He reasoned that God was able to raise even from the dead,
and he received Isaac back as a symbol.

Responsorial Psalm
Luke 1:69-70, 71-72, 73-75


R (see 68) Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel; he has come to his people.

He has raised up for us a mighty savior,
born of the house of his servant David.
R Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel; he has come to his people.
Through his holy prophets he promised of old.
that he would save us from our sins
from the hands of all who hate us.
He promised to show mercy to our fathers
and to remember his holy covenant.
R Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel; he has come to his people.
This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
to set us free from the bonds of our enemies,
free to worship him without fear,
holy and righteous in his sight
all the days of our life.
R Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel; he has come to his people.

Gospel
Mk 4:35-41


On that day, as evening drew on, Jesus said to his disciples:
"Let us cross to the other side."
Leaving the crowd, they took Jesus with them in the boat just as he was.
And other boats were with him.
A violent squall came up and waves were breaking over the boat,
so that it was already filling up.
Jesus was in the stern, asleep on a cushion.
They woke him and said to him,
"Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?"
He woke up,
rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Quiet! Be still!"
The wind ceased and there was great calm.
Then he asked them, "Why are you terrified?
Do you not yet have faith?"
They were filled with great awe and said to one another,
"Who then is this whom even wind and sea obey?"
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Here are some other links that you may find helpful!!
Click here for the website for the Holy See (the Vatican)!!
Click here to go to the website for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops very informative website!!!
Click here to go to EWTN's wonderful website!!
Click here to find a Catholic Church near you and Mass times and times for the Sacrament of Penance!!
You may click here to be directed to a site where you can pray the Rosary Online!!!
You may click here to learn about the Divine Mercy!!!
You may click here to go to the online Perpetual Adoration Chapel with a live webcast!!!
You may click here to read several homilies by a wonderful Catholic Priest here in Minnesota
You may click here to find a Perpetual Adoration Chapel near you throughout the US and Canada!!!
You can click here to find a Adoration Chapel in all other parts of our world!!!
You can click here to find the readings and prayers for the Divine Office (Liturgy of the Hours) and many prayers for today!!!
Click on this link to read selected writings of Saint JoseMaria Escriva dealing with life "To Jesus through Mary"
Click here to read about St. Louis Marie de Monfort's Total Concecration to Jesus through Mary..this is a neat site to go to!!
Click here for a wonderful Catholic Apologetics site!!!
Click her to go to ECCLESIA TRIUMPHANS CATHOLIC APOLOGETICS website!!
Click here to go to Envoy Magazine's website..this is a great magazine!!
Click here to go to yet another great Catholic apologetics site ("Corunum Apologetic Website")...my thanks to the people who put this together on the web!!
Click here to go to more information on the Examination of Conscience!!
Click here for a excellent article about the Examination of Conscience!!
Click here for a excellent resource for Catholic Sacramentals and Holy Land imports by a wonderful devout Catholic family apostolate..please check them out and support their apostolate!!
Click here to link to one of EWTNs pages on the Scared Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary..a nice site!!
Click her for a link that will take you to a very nice webpage which has many morelinks for Catholic prayer requests..have others join you in your prayers..please say a few for us here too (thanks!!).
Click here for the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus..nice website!!
Click here to submit a prayer to the St. Jude Prayer Line!!!(remember us in your prayers too please!)
Click here to link to The Institute of Carmelite Studies which has great resources!!!
Click here to go to the website for the Carmelite Nuns in Hudson, Wisconsin!! Please remember them in your prayers and for a increase in their vocations!
Click here to go to the website dedicated to the Holy Doctors of the Catholic Church...a very informative site you need to check out!!
Click here to go to the website for my wonderful Parish!!!
Click her to go to the SEVEN JOYS OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY:Franciscan Crown!!!
Click here to go to the SEVEN SORROWS OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY: Servite Chaplet!!
Click here to go to the LENTEN COMPANION: Illustrated Online Stations of the Cross!!!
Click here to go to the website for the Monks of Adoration..very nice site!!
Click here to view the Saints for Saturday, January 29th!!
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PRAYER TO
SAINT MICHAEL
THE ARCHANGEL


St. Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle,
be our defense against the wickedness
and snares of the devil;
may God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
and do thou
O Prince of the heavenly hosts,
by the divine power,
thrust into hell Satan
and all the evil spirits
who prowl about the world
seeking the ruin of souls.
Amen.

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Litany of Humility

O Jesus! meek and humble of heart, Hear me.
From the desire of being esteemed,
Deliver me, Jesus.

From the desire of being loved...
From the desire of being extolled ...
From the desire of being honored ...
From the desire of being praised ...
From the desire of being preferred to others...
From the desire of being consulted ...
From the desire of being approved ...
From the fear of being humiliated ...
From the fear of being despised...
From the fear of suffering rebukes ...
From the fear of being calumniated ...
From the fear of being forgotten ...
From the fear of being ridiculed ...
From the fear of being wronged ...
From the fear of being suspected ...

That others may be loved more than I,
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may be esteemed more than I ...
That, in the opinion of the world,
others may, increase and I may decrease ...
That others may be chosen and I set aside ...
That others may be praised and I unnoticed ...
That others may be preferred to me in everything...
That others may become holier than I, provided that I may become as holy as I should…

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Prayer For Help Against Spiritual Enemies


Glorious Saint Michael, Prince of the heavenly hosts, who stands always ready to give assistance to the people of God; who fought with the dragon, the old serpent, and cast him out of heaven, and now valiantly defends the Church of God that the gates of hell may never prevail against her, I earnestly entreat you to assist me also, in the painful and dangerous conflict which I sustain against the same formidable foe.
Be with me, O mighty Prince! that I may courageously fight and vanquish that proud spirit, whom you, by the Divine Power, gloriously overthrew, and whom our powerful King, Jesus Christ, has, in our nature, completely overcome; so having triumphed over the enemy of my salvation, I may with you and the holy angels, praise the clemency of God who, having refused mercy to the rebellious angels after their fall, has granted repentance and forgiveness to fallen man. Amen.

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A MORNING PRAYER WRITTEN BY ST. THERESE

O my God! I offer Thee all my actions of this day for the intentions and for the glory of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. I desire to sanctify every beat of my heart, my every thought, my simplest works, by uniting them to Its infinite merits; and I wish to make reparation for my sins by casting them into the furnace of Its Merciful Love.
O my God! I ask of Thee for myself and for those whom I hold dear, the grace to fulfill perfectly Thy Holy Will, to accept for love of Thee the joys and sorrows of this passing life, so that we may one day be united together in heaven for all Eternity.
Amen.



PRAYER TO ST. THERESE

O little St. Theresa of the Child Jesus, who during your short life on earth became a mirror of angelic purity, of love strong as death, and of wholehearted abandonment to God, now that you rejoice in the reward of your virtues, cast a glance of pity on me as I leave all things in your hands. Make my troubles your own - speak a word for me to our Lady Immaculate, whose flower of special love you were - to that Queen of heaven "who smiled on you at the dawn of life." Beg her as the Queen of the heart of Jesus to obtain for me by her powerful intercession, the grace I yearn for so ardently at this moment, and that she join with it a blessing that may strengthen me during life. Defend me at the hour of death, and lead me straight on to a happy eternity.
Amen
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